SA­GA BEC­KER

Odalisque - - Contents - Writ­ten by Mi­chae­la My­hr­berg Pho­to­grap­hy by Pa­tri­cia Reyes / Hall&lund­gren

MM: Who do you lo­ve most in the world?

SB: The­re are so ma­ny pe­op­le in my sur­roundings that I lo­ve, but the­re’s one spe­ci­fic per­son that me­ans ex­tra much to me, and that is my grand­mot­her who un­for­tu­na­tely pas­sed a couple of ye­ars ago. She was my best fri­end and sup­port. We laug­hed, cri­ed, hel­ped and en­cou­ra­ged each ot­her in eve­ryt­hing the­re is in li­fe. We could talk about eve­ryt­hing – li­fe, de­ath and lo­ve. So­me­ti­mes we’d talk all day and so­me­ti­mes we’d just sit qu­i­et­ly. She was my he­ro. She taught me so­met­hing be­fo­re she di­ed: she sa­id that li­fe is too short to be sca­red all the ti­me. You ha­ve to li­ve. You can’t let fe­ar keep you from be­ing your­self, no one should keep you from ac­hi­e­ving your dreams. She taught me that I’m not bro­ken and that li­fe is worth living. She ma­de me fear­less. She’s with me in eve­ryt­hing that I do and the­re is not one day that pas­ses that I don’t think about her.

MM: What do you lo­ve do­ing most in li­fe?

SB: My wri­ting has al­ways been what’s clo­sest to my he­art. It’s been a way for me to pro­cess, get a per­specti­ve on things and evol­ve. To put my emo­tions in­to words ma­kes me see things in a dif­fe­rent light. It al­so ma­kes me calm. It’s cre­a­ti­ve and the sto­ry­tel­ling has no bounda­ri­es ex­cept one’s ima­gi­na­tion. Wri­ting has so ma­ny fun­c­tions to fill and ma­ny ti­mes hel­ps me laugh, gri­e­ve, he­al and grow as a per­son.

MM: You grew up in a small town in Swe­den. What was the best thing about mo­ving to Stock­holm?

SB: I grew up clo­se to the woods out­si­de of Ron­ne­by in Ble­kinge. Af­ter fi­nishing high school I mo­ved to Mal­mö whe­re I li­ved for six ye­ars, and one ye­ar ago I mo­ved to Stock­holm. The re­a­son for my mo­ve was just ca­re­er stra­te­gy. It fe­els li­ke eve­ryt­hing’s hap­pe­ning in Stock­holm, espe­ci­al­ly if you’re wor­king with dif­fe­rent forms of cul­tu­re as I do. But I don’t re­al­ly fe­el bound to one pla­ce in par­ticu­lar. I work with cre­a­ti­vi­ty, and that you need to find most­ly wit­hin your­self. The best thing about Stock­holm is that it gi­ves me in­spi­ra­tion, espe­ci­al­ly du­ring the sum­mer. It’s beau­ti­ful du­ring that ti­me of the ye­ar.

MM: Last sum­mer you did a ve­ry per­so­nal talk on Swe­dish Ra­dio. What was the most re­war­ding ex­pe­ri­ence you had to go through pro­du­cing the show?

SB: It was im­por­tant for me to put what I’ve been though in­to words. It was a long and pain­ful pro­cess that opened up old wounds that I thought I’d he­a­led from, but it al­so ga­ve me per­specti­ve and was in so­me ways the­ra­peu­tic. I le­ar­ned incre­dib­ly much about my­self throug­hout the en­ti­re pro­ject. The re­spon­se that I got was ve­ry po­si­ti­ve and beau­ti­ful. My go­al was to ma­ke at le­ast one lo­neso­me soul fe­el less lo­ne­ly. I ne­ver thought the­re would be so ma­ny that would lis­ten and re­cog­ni­ze

them­sel­ves. The most re­war­ding thing about the show was that I could ma­ke so­me of my li­ste­ners fe­el strong­er through tel­ling my sto­ry.

MM: What’s your fa­vou­ri­te mo­vie?

SB: I ha­ve so ma­ny fa­vou­ri­te mo­vi­es, but one that’s espe­ci­al­ly clo­se to my he­art is “Show Me Lo­ve” (Fuc­king Åmål in Swe­dish) by Lu­kas Mo­dys­son. Sin­ce I’m from a small town I could ea­sily see my­self in the se­arch for iden­ti­ty and sex­u­a­li­ty in an en­vi­ron­ment whe­re norms and structu­re de­ci­de who and how you should be. And then to see so­me­o­ne ac­tu­al­ly bre­ak loo­se from tho­se ru­les ma­de me fe­el less lo­ne­ly.

If the­re ever was a mo­vie about you, what ac­tress would portray you?

Sin­ce I had ne­ver ac­ted be­fo­re I was in “So­met­hing Must Bre­ak” ("Någon­ting mås­te gå sön­der" in Swe­dish) I don’t think that per­son has been di­sco­ve­red yet. Ma­ny ti­mes I think that the ci­ne­ma­tic world un­de­re­sti­ma­tes roo­ki­es and a lot of ti­mes go­es with sa­fe cards ins­te­ad of try­ing new things, which I think is qui­te bo­ring. I think I would li­ke so­me­o­ne com­ple­tely unk­nown to play me. So­me­o­ne who didn’t ha­ve any ac­ting ex­pe­ri­ence but ins­te­ad had ex­pe­ri­ence from li­fe it­self and could re­la­te to what I’ve been through.

Na­me: Sa­ga Bec­ker Born: Ron­ne­by, Ble­kinge, Swe­den, 1988 Li­ve: Stock­holm & Mal­mö Oc­cu­pa­tion: Ac­tress, Ar­tist & Acti­vist

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